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Indian army retaliates after Pakistan violates ceasefire in Kashmir’s Uri

The shelling happened in Kamalkote area of Uri at around 3:30 pm on Monday.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2017 19:46 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Srinagar, Jammu
Indian Army,Pakistan,Ceasefire violation
Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers standing guard during a night patrol near the fence at the India-Pakistan International Border at the outpost of Akhnoor sector.(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

The Pakistan army violated ceasefire in north Kashmir’s Uri sector after an incident of shelling across the Line of Control, police said on Monday.

They said that the shelling happened in Kamalkote area of Uri at around 3:30 pm on Monday.

“The area is silent now,” said an official manning police control room, Baramulla. An army spokesperson also said that Indian troops were retaliating.

News agencies had reported that a jawan was injured in the ceasefire violation but officials told HT that they have received no confirmation about this yet. Army’s Srinagar-based spokesman, Rajesh Kalia, was unavailable for comment.

Earlier in the day, a five-year-old girl and a soldier were killed in heavy Pakistan firing. The intense shelling of Indian posts and villages in Rajouri and Poonch districts also left a soldier and woman battling for life as the director generals of military operations (DGMOs) of the two countries spoke over the phone.

The Indian Army reserved the right to retaliate as all ceasefire violations were initiated by Pakistan, Lt Gen AK Bhat told his Pakistani counterpart.

BSF-Pakistan Rangers hold meet

On Pakistan Ranger’s request, the BSF on Monday also held a high-level meet with the Rangers on the international border in Samba sector.

“From 1100 hrs to 1200 hrs, a commandant-wing commander level flag meeting was held between Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers in Samba area,” said a BSF spokesman.

During the meeting, both the border guarding forces discussed recent unprovoked firing in Samba sector and other issues related to the border management, the spokesman said.

“It was decided to re-energise instant communication between field commanders, whenever required, to resolve petty matters,” he said.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Jul 17, 2017 19:41 IST